Professor Georgios Varouxakis
Professor of the History of Political Thought
Email: email@example.comTelephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8374
I joined Queen Mary in 2006. I grew up and went to school in Crete. I studied History in Athens, Greece, and then came to England, where I completed an MA in Legal and Political Theory at University College London (UCL) and then a PhD in History at UCL. My work to date has concentrated on nineteenth-century political thought (British and French) with a particular emphasis on John Stuart Mill, and, to a lesser extent, Walter Bagehot, Matthew Arnold, Auguste Comte, Alexis de Tocqueville and François Guizot. I have also worked on political thought on nationalism and cosmopolitanism, empire, and on intellectual history of ideas of ‘Europe’ and ‘the West’ and attitudes towards the EEC/EU. I am currently writing "The West: The History of an Idea", to be published by Princeton University Press. I am Co-Director of the QMUL Centre for the Study of the History of Political Thought. I am away during the academic year 2017-2018 as a Senior Research Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.
- HST5601 - History of Western Political Thought
- HST6322 - The British Empire in Political Thought from the Eighteenth Century to the Twentieth Century
- HST6337 - The British Empire in Political Thought
- HST6406 - The Idea of 'the West': A History from the Nineteenth to the Twenty-first Century
My research interests include:
- history of political thought (British, French and American, 19th-20th centuries)
- history of international political thought/political thought on international relations
- John Stuart Mill’s political thought and philosophy
- political thought on nationalism, patriotism and cosmopolitanism
- intellectual history of the idea of ‘Europe’ and attitudes towards ‘Europe’
- history of the idea of ‘the West’
- Anglo-French intellectual relations and mutual perceptions
- political thought on empire and imperialism
Book monographs (single-authored):
- Liberty Abroad: J. S. Mill on International Relations (link is external) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [Ideas in Context (link is external) Series], August 2013 – x + 256 pages).
- Mill on Nationality (link is external) (London and New York: Routledge [Routledge/PSA Political Studies Series (link is external)], 2002).
- Victorian Political Thought on France and the French (link is external) (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).
1. Contemporary France: An Introduction to French Politics and Society, co-authored with David Howarth (London: Arnold, 2003)
2. Αλληλεγγύη: δοκιμές [(in Greek): Solidarity: trials], co-authored with Gregoris Molivas (Athens: Nisos, 2016)
Edited or co-edited volumes:
- Utilitarianism and Empire (link is external), co-edited with Bart Schultz (Lanham, ML: Lexington Books, 2005).
- John Stuart Mill: Thought and Influence – The Saint of Rationalism (link is external), co-edited with Paul Kelly (London and New York: Routledge, 2010).
- Patriotism and Nationhood in Nineteenth-Century European Political Thought (link is external), Special Issue (guest-edited by Georgios Varouxakis) of the European Journal of Political Theory (link is external), Vol. 5, No. 1 (2006).
- ‘The Godfather of “Occidentality”: Auguste Comte and the Idea of “the West”’, Modern Intellectual History [31 pp.], published online [First View]: 11 October 2017.
- ‘“Negrophilist” Crusader: John Stuart Mill on the American Civil War and Reconstruction’, History of European Ideas (link is external), Vol. 39, No. 5 (2013), pp. 729-54.
- ‘“Patriotism”, “Cosmopolitanism” and “Humanity” in Victorian Political Thought’, European Journal of Political Theory (link is external), Vol. 5, No. 1 (2006), pp. 100-118.
- ‘Guizot’s Historical Works and J. S. Mill’s Reception of Tocqueville’, History of Political Thought (link is external), Vol. 20, No. 2 (1999), pp. 292-312.
- ‘John Stuart Mill on Intervention and Non-Intervention’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies (link is external), Vol. 26, No. 1 (1997), pp. 57-76.
- ‘National Character in John Stuart Mill’s Thought’, History of European Ideas (link is external), Vol. 24, No. 6 (1998), pp. 375-91.
- ‘The Public Moralist versus Ethnocentrism: John Stuart Mill’s French Enterprise’, European Review of History (link is external), Vol. 3, No. 1 (1996), pp. 27-38.
- ‘John Stuart Mill on Race’, Utilitas (link is external), Vol. 10, No. 1 (1998), pp. 17-32.
- ‘French radicalism through the eyes of John Stuart Mill’, History of European Ideas (link is external), Vol. 30 (2004), pp. 433-61.
- ‘1848 and British Political Thought on “The Principle of Nationality”’, in: Douglas Moggach and Gareth Stedman Jones (eds), The 1848 Revolutions and European Political Thought (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), pp. 140-161.
- ‘Uncelebrated Trouble Maker: John Stuart Mill as English Radicalism’s Foreign Politics Gadfly’, in: K. N. Demetriou and A. Loizides (eds), John Stuart Mill: A British Socrates (link is external) (Palgrave Macmillan, February 2013, forthcoming), pp. 126-153.
- ‘Mid-Atlantic musings: The “Question of Europe” in British intellectual debates, 1961-2009’, in: Justine Lacroix and Kalypso Nicolaïdis (eds), European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Contexts (link is external) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 147-166.
- ‘Cosmopolitan patriotism in J. S. Mill’s Political Thought and Activism’, in Nadia Urbinati and Alex Zakaras (eds), J. S. Mill’s Political Thought: A Bicentennial Reassessment (link is external) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 277-297.
- ‘Mill on democracy revisited’, in: Christopher Macleod and Dale E. Miller (eds), A Companion to Mill (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2017), pp. 454-471.
- ‘Cosmopolitanism and Internationalism in Modern British Political Thought: Continuities and Discontinuities’, in: Dina Gusejnova (ed.), Cosmopolitanism in Conflict: Imperial Encounters from the Seven Years’ War to the Cold War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp. 147-178.
- ‘The international political thought of John Stuart Mill’, in: Ian Hall and Lisa Hill (eds), British International Thinkers from Hobbes to Namier (link is external) (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 117-136.
- ‘“Great” versus “Small” Nations: Size and “National Greatness” in Victorian Political Thought’, in Duncan Bell (ed.), Victorian Visions of Global Order: Empire and International Relations in Nineteenth-Century Political Thought (link is external) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 136-158.
- ‘Empire, race, Euro-centrism: John Stuart Mill and his critics’, in: Bart Schultz and Georgios Varouxakis (eds), Utilitarianism and Empire (link is external) (Lanham, ML: Lexington Books), 2005, pp. 137-54.
- ‘The Idea of “Europe” in Nineteenth-Century Greek Political Thought’, in: Philip Carabott (ed.), Greece and Europe: Aspects of a Troubled Relationship (link is external) (London, 1995), pp. 16-37.
- Member of the Editorial Committee of the journal Utilitas (link is external) (Cambridge University Press)
I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research in the following areas:
- British or French political thought/intellectual history, 19th or 20th cent.
- John Stuart Mill’s thought
- History of international political thought/political thought on international relations.
- Political thought on empire and imperialism.
- Political thought on nationalism, patriotism, cosmopolitanism
- History of historiography
Current PHD Students
- Richard Knight – The case for the South: pro-Confederate arguments in Britain during the American Civil War